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Clever rebus political token

Started by brandm24, January 17, 2023, 05:25:00 PM

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brandm24

Thomas Brackett Reed was a highly influential American politician of the late 19th century. He served for many years in the House of Representatives and was the Speaker for a number of them.

The Speaker is not only the third in line for the presidency after the elected president and vice president, but also wields enormous power in the legislative deliberations of the government. He decides what legislation is to be considered on the floor of the house. Reed held so much sway in the political process, that he has been described as the "most influential politician you've never heard of.

In any case, Reed tried to get the Republican Party nomination for president in 1896. Eventually he lost out to William Mc Kinley who would subsequently be elected to the office.

This is a clever rebus political token issued by his campaign. The tomcat (Thomas) stands on a bracket (Brackett) with a reed (Reed) below it. An interesting token for sure but it apparently didn't help him win the nomination.

Bruce1896 Thomas Brackett Reed for president.jpgReed c1870s.jpg 
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chrisild

Quote from: brandm24 on January 17, 2023, 05:25:00 PMThe Speaker is not only the third in line for the presidency after the elected president and vice president, but also wields enormous power in the legislative deliberations of the government.

Without getting into today's politics ... we recently learned about that again. ;)

QuoteThis is a clever rebus political token issued by his campaign. The tomcat (Thomas) stands on a bracket (Brackett) with a reed (Reed) below it.

Well done, and I suppose people at that time understood its meaning. Is there anything on the other side?

brandm24

I suppose some people would've understood the message, but I thought it would be confusing to some. No, nothing on the other side.

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chrisild

Thanks - for both the token and that info. Well, maybe not knowing what the rebus meant was part of why he did not become president ... ;)

brandm24

Yeah, the token certainly didn't help him. I would think his position as Speaker didn't help either. A man with that kind of power makes a lot of enemies...even within his own party. :)

Bruce
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